MSU Denver

MSU Denver’s center for public service has designed an internship program to help MSU Denver students build pathways to public service careers through paid internships and access to mentors while building a professional network with others who can lend their expertise. Recognizing that not all students have family and social networks that can scaffold them as they build careers, the program is intended to provide a diverse cohort of students with awareness, aspiration, and access.

The center for public service internship program is a paid work experience in community public service career opportunities. The money students earn in these positions can provide significant financial support for their education. Most students who participate in the internship program have not been afforded opportunities for productive experiences in a public service setting. They have a thirst for hands-on learning opportunities and mentoring in the public service community (government, non-profit, foundations, healthcare, community organizations, etc.).

Public service organizations selected to participate in the internship program will be pre-screened and will meet criteria as a host company. We expect a commitment from host organizations to provide:

  • Access. Allow access to meetings, events, and staff.
  • Variety. Provide various projects and participatory experiences.
  • Flexibility. Meet the intern’s needs and interests and enable input from various departments.
  • Education. Educate the community about the internship program to foster networking opportunity.
  • Front-Line Experience. Create opportunities for the intern to take part in valuable learning experiences.
  • Mentoring. Recommend a staff person who can mentor and encourage the intern. Remember, today’s interns are tomorrow’s leaders.
  • Supervision. Avoid having interns report to supervisors who may lack the experience and authority to provide the intern with learning tools.
  • Meaningful Work. Assign the intern a task that is important to the goals of the organization. Experiences that can be added to a resume are valuable.
  • Evaluation. Give the intern feedback throughout the internship and have them evaluate their own experience before leaving.
  • Assimilation. Make the internship program a routine part of your organization. Continue to seek out qualified candidates and share enthusiasm for public service internships.

Once students are assigned an internship, they will receive ongoing support:

  • Regular one-on-one conversations with the center for public service program manager
  • Biweekly virtual gatherings with fellow center for public service interns to share learnings and experiences
  • Access to MSU Denver faculty (as needed)
  • Access to center for public service advisory council mentors (as needed)
  • Ongoing communication and interaction with the center for public service following the end of internship

Intern Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to a public service career
  • Current MSU Denver Student
  • Eligible for Student Employment at MSU Denver
  • Ability to follow directions under general supervision and/or independently
  • A passion and commitment to helping others
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work 15 consecutive weeks, 10-15 hours per week, during the internship

Contact Alyssa Marks for more internship information [email protected].

Spring 2021 Internships

CU Center on Domestic Violence – Marcia B.

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging – Larissa C.

Make-a-Wish Colorado – Grace E.

United Nations Association, Boulder County – Jessi K. and Kelly M.

Denver Water – Heyward P.

Colorado Cross–Disability Coalition – Brianna S.

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative – Callie S.

Highline Canal Conservancy – Emma T.